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Use of extreme weight-control behaviors in the absence of binge eating with and without subjective bulimic episodes: a community-based study

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Mond, JM and Hay, PJ, Use of extreme weight-control behaviors in the absence of binge eating with and without subjective bulimic episodes: a community-based study, International Journal of Eating Disorders, 43, (1) pp. 35-41. ISSN 0276-3478 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/eat.20667

Abstract

Background and Methods: In a community sample of women who reported the use of extreme weight-control behaviors in the absence of binge eating, subgroups of participants who reported (n 5 23) and who did not report (n 5 42) recurrent subjective bulimic episodes (SBEs) were compared on a range of outcomes, including current levels of eating disorder and comorbid psychopathology.

Results: Participants who reported SBEs had higher levels of eating disorder psychopathology, impairment in role functioning and general psychological distress, than those who did not. Scores on these measures among participants who reported SBEs were similar to those of eating disorder patients receiving specialist treatment, whereas those of participants who did not have recurrent SBEs tended to be intermediate between eating disorder patients and healthy women.

Discussion: The findings are consistent with the hypothesis that it is the combination of SBEs and extreme weight-control behaviors, rather than extreme weight-control behaviors per se, that indicates clinical significance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Bulimia nervosa, Purging disorder, Subjective bulimic episodes
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117941
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-11-24
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